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North Dakota woman's letter to obese children's parents drawing controversy

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FARGO, NORTH DAKOTA -

Halloween is supposed to be a day of fun for kids to go trick or treating with friends.

But when a woman in North Dakota announced on social media and local radio that she's planning to hand out letters to children she believes are "moderately obese," it sparked some controversy.

The woman says she wants to send a message to parents of overweight children, but eating disorder specialists say the letter could do more harm than good.

The letter reads, "Happy Halloween and Happy Holidays Neighbor! You are probably wondering why your child has this note; have you ever heard the saying, "It takes a village to raise a child? I am disappointed in "the village" of Fargo Moorhead, West Fargo.

Your child is, in my opinion, moderately obese and should not be consuming sugar and treats to the extent of some children this Halloween season.

My hope is that you will step up as a parent and ration candy this Halloween and not allow your child to continue these unhealthy eating habits. Thank you."

"It's just that kind of thing that for some kids, if they're vulnerable, might trigger major problems," said Dr. Katie Gordon, NDSU Clinical Psychology assistant professor.

"This is more of an issue that parents should be working with kids on. It seems inappropriate to me," said Kent Wild, local resident.

 What do you think about the woman's decision?

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